Nose Bleed/Epistaxis Treatment

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Dr. Nithin Jayan
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How can Nosebleed be Treated?

Most nosebleeds can be treated at home. However, consult a doctor if bleeding cannot be stopped or there has been heavy blood loss.

Treatment of epistaxis includes the following steps -

  • Calm the patient.
  • The patient should sit with the upper part of the body tilted forward and the mouth open so that they can spit out the blood instead of swallowing.
  • Check to see if there is an object inside the victim's nose and remove it if necessary.
  • Pinch all the soft parts of the nose together between the thumb and index finger. Hold the nose for at least 5 minutes. Repeat until the nose has stopped bleeding.
  • Apply ice (crushed in a plastic bag or washcloth) across the bridge of the nose and cheeks.
  • For dryness of the nose- ointments can be applied.
  • A nasal spray decongestant can sometimes be used to close off small vessels if the bleeding persists.
  • Nasal packs are used when conservative methods fail.
  • Cauterization (the application of a heated instrument or chemical like silver nitrate to stop bleeding) may be required if bleeding persists or recurs.

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More often Nose bleeds subsides when one employs methods such as pinching the nose while breathing through the mouuth for few minutes and also applying ice to the base of the nose forehead and chicks.. However, in an event where the bleeding persists, you must seek medical advice as soon as possible. If it is the first time in your life that you bleed, your doctor may investigate you for common diseases associated with nose bleed.eg. Hypertension.

kelpred

summer is a very exciting part of thec year here in the Philippines...but then it summer really worry me a lot. i am allergic to fumes, dust, unpleasant odor, etc...and I can't stand the heat, I get nosebleed several times until summer ends, usually I get nosebleed when I have fever or not feeling well or about to have fever...it's so expensive to put our air conditioner on for even half a day...what to do?

A couple of years back, we got a free sample of a nosebleed treatment. I don't remember what it was called, but it was basically a reddish-brown powder that was applied up the nose with a little Q-tip like stick. It worked amazingly well, but I have been unable to locate it since. Has anyone heard of this stuff or seen a website that might have it? My son is now 14 and still has horrible nosebleeds with no effort involved. I would hate to have to subject him to cauterization. There must be something out there to help. Thanks.

guest

It is a series of products to aid in bleeding, with a specific product for nosebleeds. It says you can't order it online but can search for retail carriers of it. I'm gonna go try and find some for myself a.s.a.p!

Steve

regarding nosebleeds. I have recently tried something that actually works and works very fast.
its is a product by a company called Z-Medica. The product is Nosebleed Hemostatic Gauze. It cost about $11.00 a box. The stuff is great. you can buy it on line at www.quikclot.com

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